The International Centre for Birds of Prey

The International Centre for Birds of Prey, Newent: Hours, Address, The International Centre for Birds of Prey Reviews: 5/5

The International Centre for Birds of Prey

The International Centre for Birds of Prey
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Zoos • Educational sites
10:30 AM - 5:30 PM
Monday
10:30 AM - 5:30 PM
Tuesday
10:30 AM - 5:30 PM
Wednesday
10:30 AM - 5:30 PM
Thursday
10:30 AM - 5:30 PM
Friday
10:30 AM - 5:30 PM
Saturday
10:30 AM - 5:30 PM
Sunday
10:30 AM - 5:30 PM
About
Home to over 230 birds of prey with 3 flying demonstrations a day, come and enjoy the Centre as visitors have been doing for more than 50 years. Explore the gardens and woodland, grab a bite to eat in the cafe and see everything from Pygmy Falcons to Steller's Sea Eagles! COVID Changes - please note that we have restrictions in place. All tickets must be purchased through our website and we have temporarily changed our flying demonstrations to 12pm and 3:30pm.
Suggested duration
More than 3 hours
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720susieq
Gloucestershire, UK60 contributions
Sep 2021
What an absolutely wonderful few hours spent at the Birds of Prey Centre. There are many beautiful birds to see and to learn about and the flying displays managed by the super staff are simply great!!
There is a nice cafe on site serving a variety of drinks, ice creams and several delicious cakes; also light snacks.
Allow at least two and a half hours if you want to see more than one flying display (all in the same entrance price). Displays currently at 12noon, 2pm and 4pm.
Written September 17, 2021
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Gemma
4 contributions
Aug 2020 • Family
Highly recommended day out for everyone. The centre has beautiful grounds to walk around (all wheelchair accessable), to see a variety of wild birds, plus there are flying shows throughout the day with highly trained birds that will delight the whole family. Shows are included in the ticket price, which is very reasonable, and you can choose to watch one or stay for all of them, as different birds are used. The staff are friendly and knowledgeable, the birds are gorgeous, all in all a brilliant and informative day out!! There is an onsite café, inside and outside seating areas, toilets, disabled access and a pretty good gift shop. As the entrance price is so reasonable, I would encourage everyone to make an extra donation to the centre as it all goes towards feeding and caring for the birds, as they also rescue injured or mistreated birds so every little helps. The only downside is that it isn't and easy place to get to of you don't drive, Newent is a very pleasant small town and you can get a bus into the centre, but you would have to look up and pre-book a local taxi to take you the rest of the way (but it would still be worth doing that for an excellent day out).
Written April 9, 2021
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Midger2013
Gloucester, UK30 contributions
Aug 2021
Participating in the Owl Experience is limited to 4 persons and starts at 10am. Once introduced to the bird handlers and kitted out with glove and food its off to the beautiful gardens. Over the next two hours you with handle and fly a variety of owls and family and friends can view in the different settings.A truly amazing experience getting up close to such fantastic birds.Your ticket is for all day and ideal for a picnic and make a day of it. There 3 different flying displays, 12pm.2pm4pm. The highlight was to see 5 kites flying and taking food on the wing and the commentary is light hearted and informative.The lady owner participates with the flying demonstrations and is totally dedicated as are all the staff who are highly motivated and knowledgeable.Highly recommended day out and great value for money.
Written August 13, 2021
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Yariad
Bristol, UK61 contributions
Jul 2021
Amazing place and the people so very obviously have the utmost affection and respect for the birds, the flying displays were awesome and the birds were in beautiful condition, my fav I think was the Spectacled Owl, he was just so darn cute! 🦉
The Vultures were hilarious, they have such awesome personalities and were having a real game with their handler trying to sneak up on her and peck her ankles 😂🦅
The grounds are beautiful and everything is so well kept, stunning little spot in the heart of the country.
The people and handlers interact with the visitors very well indeed and the displays are informative and as you would expect working with animals, some comedic moments too.
There is a small cafe where you can either sit inside or out with lots of seating and toilets dotted around.
Had a fantastic day there and would thoroughly recommend visiting and supporting them!
There are several flying displays through the day with different birds each time so would recommend catching all of them
Written July 25, 2021
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RIta and Alan
Hereford, UK7 contributions
May 2021
We went on a Hawk Walk yesterday with Connor and Domino, a Harris Hawk. It was a really fabulous experience (beautiful weather helped) and both Connor and Domino were superb and made it a most enjoyable, educational, entertaining and fun thing to do and we would thoroughly recommend this to anybody interested in seeing birds of prey in their natural habitat. To have a bird of prey flying to your glove is exhilarating.
Written May 31, 2021
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Rebecca K
10 contributions
Aug 2021
Visited on a Sunday in a party of 5 with 2 children, 1 of my sons is very into nature and he was keen to go.
The first hurdle was getting in as the gate was confusing needing to scan the QR code on the ticket to activate the turnstiles. Sadly the sign directing you to the gate for those with a family ticket was small so didn't see this. This was fine in itself as you expect these type of things with an unfamiliar system. However the young woman on reception who came to advise and help was VERY rude. In fact i don't think I have been spoken to so rudely for sometime, and as a social worker I have a high tolerance for rudeness. If tickets hadn't already been paid I would've walked away at that point. This would've been a shame.
The place itself was well run, informative and great to see. The displays were great and we went to all 3, as they use different birds each time. The lady doing the displays who I believe may run the centre was particularly good doing the displays and added a sense of humour to them, which added to the fun. They were obviously passionate about the birds and their welfare with them and throughout the world. My 9 year old loved it all!
Sadly had another encounter with a rude member of staff in the cafe. Shame as the food and drinks were really nice. Also the playground was being renovated, so be aware if like us you haver kids keen to have a go on this.
Overall a great day out and would recommend it for any families looking for a good day out.

Would've given it a 5 stars if not for the attitude of the 2 staff members who were so rude.
Written August 9, 2021
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Jadiebeks
Chesterfield, UK12 contributions
May 2021 • Family
We planned a visit expecting to have a nice couple of hours seeing the birds - we ended up being there over 4 hours and thoroughly enjoyed every minute!

There’s loads to see, the flying displays are amazing and we learned so much about these beautiful creatures. We can say now that we’ve been fully converted into loving the Vultures!
The lovely plants were an unexpected extra too - my mother in law who loves plants really enjoyed seeing all of the beautiful flowers and trees, much more than she enjoyed the Rococo gardens that we visited the day previously.

The resident dogs are lovely and well behaved, even after clocking that my 10 month old daughter was a good source of lunch (as she drops 80% of her meal) they still stayed a good distance back, even when she was trying to feed them! They only came closer when the food hit the floor.

And we were very impressed with the cafe! As my daughter and I have restricted diets due to her dairy and egg allergies, we often struggle to eat at cafes or have very limited options, but this cafe had lots of vegan options that were suitable for us, and my daughter was able to have her favourite cheese and ham toastie (with vegan cheese) which she’s never able to have outside of our home! Also beautiful cakes (including a yummy vegan chocolate cake), and reasonably priced too.

Thank you for a fab day out!
Written June 12, 2021
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Charlotte C
United Kingdom2 contributions
Jun 2021 • Family
Amazing day, highly recommend watching all three flying demonstrations, each staring different birds, with gasps and surprises for the audience. Well set out facilities, good snack bar and knowledgeable, friendly keepers. By visiting you also get to support conservation efforts in the uk and around the world. Really enjoyed meeting the vultures, owls and birds of prey.
Written July 27, 2021
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Ruscombe
Torrevieja, Spain29 contributions
Aug 2021
We had a spare afternoon and wanted to find something that met the requirements of all three generations.
We were blown away by the quantity and variety of birds of prey on display. The site was well laid out and provided plenty of information about every breed.
Naively we arrived after the start of the 2 O'Clock flying display and chose not to join it and wait for the 4 O'Clock. We should have realised that each flying display is different and different birds take part.
However, I have never seen a Peregrine Falcon fly or a Bald Eagle. The flying display was spectacularly good and really informative. I never knew that Vultures were close to extinction in India,
Fascinating, Informative and Interesting 15/10
Written September 1, 2021
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Lindsey-Anne S
Quedgeley, UK49 contributions
Aug 2020 • Family
We went here today, Adult with a 12 and 9 year old, absolutely fab day!!

COVID 19 Secure, you can see all the staff have gone all out in making the place feel very safe for visitors.

Best parts are the displays, catch both if you can especially the very cheeky burrowing owl, our personal favourite and such a character!!

You can eat in the cafe but would recommend taking a picnic as the views of Gloucestershire are so worth it, especially with the breathtaking grounds.

Watch out for George, the automatic lawn mower!! so much fun watching him zoom around doing his job!

Highly recommend this place, very informative for my boys and the staff very clearly love their birds and jobs.
Written August 26, 2020
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